Saxophonist Brian Travers said, "We commandeered a cellar and started rehearsing every day, nine till five. Our first experiences of playing an instrument started together, and we'd humiliate each other over mistakes. But we were very serious about our music. It was a year before we played our first gig. We played the whole of Signing Off because they were the only songs we knew. Towards the end of the band felt confident enough to start recording their songs, and approached local musician Bob Lamb as he was the only person they knew with any recording experience.
Lamb had been the drummer with the Steve Gibbons Band for much of the s and was a well-known figure within the Birmingham music scene. He remembered that "'King' was the very first song they ever played to me, and it just blew my mind basically, to realise a bunch of kids could make a sound like that And that was it for me, I was hooked, it was a bit like Elvis walks in or something, you know, it was one of those moments.
Lamb would later use the money he earned from the album's success to build a proper recording studio, Highbury Studio, in an old cricket bat factory in nearby Kings Heath, which remained under his ownership until his retirement in  — during the s and 90s he would go on to produce the early demos for Duran Duran and work on the debut albums by fellow Birmingham natives Ruby Turner , The Lilac Time and Ocean Colour Scene.
However, in an interview to mark Signing Off' s 30th anniversary, Brian Travers recalled just how basic the recording facilities of the original Cambridge Road "studio" really were:. I remember he had his bed on stilts. So underneath the bed was a sofa and mixing desk. And so we recorded the album there on an eight-track machine , with the same 50p coin going through the electric meter continually because we'd booted the lock off it.
And, with it being a bedsit and us being eight in the band, we'd record the saxophone in the kitchen—because there was a bit of resonance off the walls, a bit of reverb—before putting the machine effects on it. While the percussion—the tambourines, the congas, the drums—we'd do in the back yard. Which is why you can hear birds singing on some of the tracks!
There were various encampments out in the long grass [ They didn't just turn up at the studio alone, they always brought maybe 20 people with them, of all walks of life. So whilst we were in the studio working there was this kind of garden party going on at the same time, so whoever wasn't doing anything at the time was in the garden indulging in whatever, in the long grass in the hot summer. Don't Break My Heart Remastered. Until My Dying Day. C'est La Vie. Light My Fire. My Way of Thinking 12" Version [Remastered].
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